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Stephanie Byers conducts a band class at Wichita North High on April 23, 2018. Byers ran unopposed and won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the 86th District of the Kansas House of Representatives. Byers has since retired from teaching. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Kansas poised to elect its first openly transgender lawmaker

Aug. 7, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A retired music teacher would become the first openly transgender member of the deeply conservative Kansas Legislature if she's elected from a Democratic-leaning district she's expected to win. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, would join the ranks of other transgender people who have...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Roc Nation partners with Brooklyn’s LIU to launch new school

Aug. 4, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class...

Arizona teacher who resigned over COVID-19 fears faces fine

Aug. 1, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area music teacher who resigned after being told he'd have to be on campus to teach virtual classes amid the pandemic is facing a $2,000 fine. The Dysart Unified School District is set to charge Tavious Peterkin, a music teacher at an El Mirage school, to release him from his...

Notre Dame doctoral student uses music to bridge cultures

Jul. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — “Not now” doesn’t mean “not ever.” Emorja Roberson knew that he wanted to lead the music ministry in a church, and when a woman who was his church’s minister moved away, Roberson made his desire known. He was a grade school student in...

Indiana high school marching band competitions canceled

Jul. 17, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As schools continue to weigh decisions about the start of the new academic year, high school competitions for the fall marching band season have been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Indiana State School Music Association announced Friday that the...

FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, composer and conductor Bill Conti, music director of the 77th Academy Awards, conducts the show's orchestra during a rehearsal at Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Conti, the Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning composer who wrote scores for movies including “Rocky,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Karate Kid” is giving them to Louisiana State University. Conti, who grew up in Miami, went to LSU on a bassoon scholarship. The William and Shelby Conti Papers are expected to arrive sometime in the fall.  (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Alums giving LSU scores: 'Rocky,' 'The Right Stuff,' more

Jul. 11, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning composer who wrote scores for movies including “Rocky,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Karate Kid” is giving them to Louisiana State University. William “Bill” Conti and his wife, Shelby Cox...

FILE - In this 2016 file photo, music teacher John Zeretzke, right, applauds his students after they performed a piece with flutes they built in his class in Lake Forest, Calif. Zeretzke, the founder of an international music program who was accused of giving semen-tainted flutes to California elementary school students, was sentenced to 18 years in state prison, the state attorney's office said Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Nick Koon/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

Music teacher gets 18 years for lewd acts with schoolgirls

Jul. 8, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The founder of an international music program who was accused of giving semen-tainted flutes to California elementary school students was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in state prison, the state attorney general's office said. John Zeretzke, 61, of Ventura was sentenced in...

Indiana students can return to sports, school activities

Jul. 3, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Despite extended restrictions for Indiana restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, ongoing concerns over the coronavirus won't hamper students' return to school sports and activities next week. The state’s reopening plan had called for Indiana to lift nearly all coronavirus...

T.I. onstage at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

T.I. to teach 'Business of Trap Music' at Clark Atlanta

Jun. 29, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta rapper T.I. will soon be adding educator to his resume. T.I will join hip-hop scholar Dr. Melva K. Williams at Clark Atlanta University this fall to teach the “Business of Trap Music," news outlets reported. The course will focus on the origin, culture and business of trap...

Construction begins on new Mississippi State music building

Jun. 20, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Construction has begun on a new Music Building at Mississippi State University in Starkville. The university says in a news release that the official groundbreaking took place Monday on the building, which is just north of the campus’s current Band and Choral Rehearsal Hall....